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CNET Napster hack allows free distribution of software, movies

Mar 23, 2000, 18:41 (4 Talkback[s])
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"A new program has been posted on the Internet that transforms a popular music-trading network into a full-blown online swap meet capable of trading videos and software."

"The program, dubbed Wrapster, has been available for downloading since yesterday. According to its developer, Wrapster allows any kind of file to be listed and traded over the Napster network, which was designed to recognize only MP3 music files."

"CNET was able to use the program to locate and download several different types of files through Napster. A source at Napster said company executives are aware of Wrapster but have not done anything to block its use."

"Wrapster joins a growing list of programs allowing the quick, free and wide distribution of illegally copied files. The trend is bad news for record companies, movie studios and software companies that have fought hard to keep their wares from being pirated online."

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